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Take Control of iCloud, 3rd Edition by Joe Kissell

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Manage Your Photos

As we’ve seen, iCloud’s main modus operandi is “just put all my data everywhere,” and you’ll undoubtedly want to include your photos and videos among that data. iCloud handles photos and videos using iCloud Photos, which is actually a collection of three different features.

The first two—iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream—are for syncing photos. iCloud Photo Library, which was introduced as a beta in iOS 8.1 and is expected to come to the Mac in 2015, keeps your entire photo library in sync automatically across your devices via the cloud, but counts synced photos (and videos) against your data storage quota. My Photo Stream, on the other hand, doesn’t affect your storage quota but makes only your most recent photos available ...

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